Adapt and Recover

"Adapt and Recover" which tells about two boys growing up in the 1970's in which was still known as the Ridges Estate. Michael and Lizzy Fox live in Oakwood Avenue they have friends who live across the road; Connie and Bob Harris. Both of their sons Roger and Ronnie play together and go to the same school. Infact they are inseparable. This story takes you through their childhood together and their desire to be Royal Marine Commandos after Lizzy, Rogers mother buys Roger an Action man toy for Christmas. As young boys they join the Army Cadets until they reach the age of eighteen where they sign up to take on the hardest training regime in the world. see the boys grow into men as they are sent to fight in the Gulf War in 1991. This is a story of friendship and comradery. one that will last a lifetime.

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Three Kilometres from Riyadh.’Came under fire from insurgents after we discovered an IED in the road and detonated it. Four of the insurgents are dead in the subsequent fire; no casualties to report.’

“Well done falcon.’

“Do I carry on to Riyadh, over?

“Falcon return to base and await further instruction; over.’

“Message received over and out.’

“Roger ordered his men to return to base so they wasted no time and turned back to where they had come from.’

The forty minute drive back to base seemed a lot faster than going out.’

The lads all seemed jubilant after being involved in their first action.

 There were pats on the back from the other men when they were told that they had killed four of Saddam Hussein’s men. Roger filled out a report which was then handed to Major Bounty.

The lads all went to change then went to get something to eat. The canteen was buzzing with the story as the lads on the mission to Riyadh relayed the story.’

Meanwhile the Americans were using drones to uncover the hideouts of insurgents and possible weapons dumps. The drone was used for the first time in aerial combat. It resembled a model aeroplane it had a seventeen foot wingspan and was fourteen feet long. It was powered by a twenty six horse powered engine and had a range of a hundred miles. It proved a massive asset during the conflict with its $400.000 dollar camera. Detailed pictures from two thousand feet up could relay pictures back to base where tomahawk missiles could home in on specific targets. Saddam was firing scud missiles at Israel trying to draw them into conflict. The cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa were bombarded. Over the next two months The Royal Marines were sent to Jeddah, Mecca, Ushaiqer, Dammam, and Khobar as a peacekeeping force. The highways in Kuwait turned into car and lorry grave yard with vehicles spewed all over the road.

Saddam Hussein stepped up his attacks bombing oilfields and oil lakes.

Roger and his men had to ensure that everyone who left the cities were checked going out and then those coming in. It was an arduous job but it had to be done. Many of the people complained about the constant searches but the Marines explained that it was necessary for their own protection. News came in of a suicide bomb attack on the military base in Jeddah. Nine marines were killed and many injured during the blast.

Many said they were just killing innocent people.’

Then when car bombs failed to work they used women and even children to reign terror in every city by strapping explosives to them and sending them out to kill people in crowded places. In January 1991 the coalition forces moved in on Kuwait forcing Saddam Hussein to retreat after only one Day of fighting. Norman Schwarzskopf was sending out 2.000 sorties every day to weaken Saddam’s 

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